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money, but the market says thanks, ben bernanke and friends. we know the votes went through, and 11-1 decision. the market's acting this and running with it and moving to session highs so that these are session highs of 76 points on the dow jones industrials, a gain of 1/2%. the ticketing nasdaq is the worst of the month but it isn't 1/3% and the s&p 5 uuder the 0.3% and the s&p 5001430. anyone watching yesterday, he talked about the bias to the upside, talked about 1430 and talked about heading to 1440 and we are not are off of that level. american express leading the way. >> no deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, john boehner keeping the dialogue going and even trading new proposals but not stopping them from calling each other out. rich edson is in washington. >> that usually stops or pauses at the very least when there is progress. democrats and republicans have been stuck for weeks. the white house reduced its offer on tax increases for $1.6 trillion to $1.4 trillion including a willingness to begin corporate tax reform. republicans santa white house has to embrace significant spen
are joining them. geez, i may faint. now to washington, d.c. with fed chairman ben bernanke sent a chill down the spine of traders on wall street. bernanke said the fed's money printing should last only until we hit 6.5% unemployment. markets didn't like that one bit and a good rally was completely erased. and we go to damascus where the assad regime is firing scud missiles and where did those missiles come from anyway? >>> in a letter to senate majority leader harry reid, 18 democratic senators are requesting a sweetheart deal to delay a 2.3% medical device tax that is part of obama care. due to start january 1st. but you know what, may i with all respect, these guys are hypocrites. they're not supply siders. yes, the tax is a job killer, as they say, but it's only hitting their states. the senators claim the medical device tax kills jobs but why aren't they against all the other job killing obama care taxes or for that matter the fiscal cliff tax hikes that are coming. let's faulk about this. we have igor volsky and guy benson. guy benson, i am glad they have won't up to this lousy medical
. stay with us. >> someone in dc is focussed on job, fed chairman ben bernanke pledging more easy money to cut the unemployment rate. what does the economy look like in the new year, wells fargo chief economist, john silvio next. lou: chairman ben bernanke made a historic move sitting unemployment rate as a target for monetary policy. we'll be taking that up, talking with wells fargo chief economist john silv sylvia in moments, and announcing they will spend -- a month buying mortgage-backed security. what the market expected and stocks rallied a bit on the announcement, a little. then ben bernanke talked about the fiscal cliff that ended that rally, stocks coming off their highs, index, swung 102 points over second, and s&p finished where it began, nascar -- nazdaq down over 8 points, and trading on big board, busiest in the week, walmart a big mover, dropping retailer part of an overall weak group, best answer, profit taking with the sell-off walmart up, 18 -- almost 19ers in on the year, 10 year, yield rising to 1.69%, and crude market, up, joining me now, wells fargo chief economist
to realize that ben bernanke really has no idea what he's doing and must admit that his policy that's been in place now for four years of free money and 0% interest rates has really produced a very poor employment picture. let me prove my point. the november non-farm payroll report, we actually lost 22,000 jobs in the goods-producing sector. how could that be after four years of 0% interest rates? labor force participation rate, falling. the employment-to-population ratio falling and the key demographic of 25-55-year-olds, that demographic, they are leaving the workforce. >> michael, i get the feeling you're not a huge fan of ben bernanke. what would you do if you're the chairman then? >> if i was the fed chairman i would resign and realize that 12 people have absolutely no idea what the cost of money should be. the most important mechanism, symbol in a free market economy is the cost of money, and they have no idea telling us what that price should be. >> price mccain, help us out here. what's your expectation in the fed has said they are going to keep rates this low at least until unempl
the republicans for not even wanting to consider tax increases. but don't you dear blame ben bernanke for not being willing to take bold action to get this economy hiring and moving again! even if his statements about economic weakness ultimately caused the averages to stumble from some pretty lofty levels. dow only declining ability 3 points s & p inching up 4.4%. close in positive territory. nasdaq giving up 2.8%. >> when you look at what ben bernanke did ntoday -- the republicans themselves refuse to get specific on spending until they see something from the white house. the elected portion of our government is not helping this economy at all. their failure to rise above politics to reach a compromise is now really starting to hurt u.s. economy. in this vacuum, the fed has decided to keep rates low. they stepped in saying listen, business. we are not going to get in your way. we're not going to allow interest rate to go higher until we get many hundreds of thousands of people hired! [ applause ] . ben bernanke has become the jobs commander in chief. we've heard nothing but carping
. maria is off today as we welcome you to "closing bell" as ben bernanke wraps up his final news conference of 2012 after the fed's two-day meetings in which they agreed to continue to buy treasury securities and mortgage-backed securities, but the new wrinkle now in monetary policy that we all heard about today was a new kind of target. he called it a guidepost. to this point they said they would keep the fed funds rate at around 0% until 2015. now they say they will keep it there at least until the fed funds rate drops to 6.5%. it's currently at 7.7%, and while he was talking, mandy, the market lost ground. >> absolutely. let's take a look right in front of you. what you've got is the dow sitting right there on the line. it did actually drop negative just in the last five, ten minutes. we were at the highs of the day around 81 points to the positive on the dow. and then we really watched as ben bernanke was speaking the market lose its steam. the nasdaq also went negative where it is right now, and, you know, bill, i guess we'll ask our guests what it is that the market was dis
bernanke also had several caveats. explain those? >> so ben bernanke, the fed chairman, was very clear that today's statement doesn't represent an abandonment of low inflation. he said, for example, that if inflation were to rise unexpectedly, over 2.5% in their own forecasts, that might be reason enough for them to start raising interest rates even if unemployment has not come down 206.5%. >> sreenivasan: markets traditionally love certainty. why didn't they embrace it today? >> i think markets are starting to question whether the fed actually has the ability to deliver on this commitment to low unemployment. they've got the interest rates at 0, they have trillions of dollars worth of bonds and still the economy is very, very weak. >> sreenivasan: going forward, are there things that we should be looking for as signs from the fed on what's going to happen or should we be paying more attention to unemployment rate? >> well, the fed has taken one more step today. they're doubling the amount of bonds they're buying by printing money. they call that quantitative easing. but the other fact
of the fiscal cliff situation denting consumer confidence and business confidence so you really need ben bernanke in there. on friday.t news >> unemployment report was better than expected but needs to be better than that. >> buzz in washington about whether susan rice or john kerry will be the next secretary of state and i'm told the president hasn't made up his mind yet and may not make up his mind until january. he wants to get the fiscal cliff business done with so don't be in a rush to await that decision. chris: when we return, the the week, will barack obama's scores in the second term be on foreign policy or here at home? chris: welcome back. syria, egypt and afghanistan are just the foreign policy challenges we already know about russia out china and there which brings us to the big question this week -- will the president's second term triumphs be abroad or here at home? >> i think his second term will be defined by foreign policy and looming confrontation over iran. chris: politco has spoken. >> despite all of the domestic issues, he will have a bigger role to play on the worl
up last meeting for 2012 with another press conference from ben bernanke. wednesday is his birthday, happy 59th mr. chairman. november retail sales report will be out on wednesday as is the first of two inflation indicators, tracks prices at the whole sale level and followed up on friday with the consumer price index which follows. finally, if you are on this list, it doesn't set you apart. professional networking site linkedin released 2012's most overused bud words on profiles. they are being used so often they lose significance with hiring manager. analyzing 187 million profiles around the globe. creative is the top offender in the united states as well as seven other countries. rounding out the rest of the top fire, organizational, effective, motivated and extensive experience. using buzz words in an effort to land your dream gig can be a buzz kill, just fyi. my guest next week, grover nor quist. we'll get an update on where we stand with the fiscal cliff negotiation. keep it here where wall street meets main street. i'll see you again next weekend. bp has paid over twenty-three
two-day meeting. a watch is on to see if ben bernanke and policy makers make a decision about the interest rates. later on, the chairman will hold a news conference, and of course, cnbc, will bring it to you live. coverage beginning at 2:00 p.m. eastern. jim, a lot of discussion about how much they are willing to do, given the tenuous nature of the talks in d.c. >> i think that this is one of those that is really at the front. things want to hear things haven't gotten worse. if it hasn't gotten worse, they'll stop buying the bonds. the competitive nature of bonds will rise at the same time the dividends will not be as bountiful. there's enough to not like that i think people will be freaked out. if he is not -- he must be opaque. he must go back to greenspan speak and say, listen, you know, on the one hand, on the other, simply because he has no clue whether we'll go off the fiscal cliff or not. i'm calling for opaque, return to the old days, of we have no idea what he means. >> the headlines the next day that are literally competing headlines. >> please, go back to being uncl
. christine romans is talking markets. >> and you can thank big ben bernanke, the fed chief. a lot of people saying that the federal reserve and its herculean efforts to keep the economy moving is why stocks are up, why the economy is growing, and they're expecting the fed to announce new measures, new st stimulus to keep it going. so when you hear the catch phrase that the fed is the only game in town, the fed is the only game in town. around the world it has been central banks who are independent from governments, central banks who have been doing so much, pumping money into the system to keep things going. s&p 500 up 13% so far this year. all of these uncertainties we talked about, the fiscal cliff, all of that stuff, it is because of the certainty of fed policy many people are telling me, also because they think on wall street the fiscal cliff will be avoided. they think on wall street the only thing left to do is a little bit of shouting over what the top rate will be. 36%, 37%. they think corporate taxes will come down and we know that that is in the latest sort of proposal from the wh
miimism in four years. it doesn't matter what ben bernanke does. i think his programs have long since not really helped the employment side, but the fiscal cliff is doing obvious damage. that's going to make what everybody knows is coming. we ran out of two years to sell. they're going to go from a twist to outright purchases. it's fully built into the market, but it isn't going to help. the fiscal cliff is going to do more damage to the psyche of job creation than anything that ben bernanke can do. >> any expectations in terms of the jobs numbers? what do you look for? >> we're looking for better than expected. rit, the sandy effect will be there. you should see actually better job growth next year, and that also becomes that second catalyst into the marketplace that could put the s&p at an all-time high next year. >> what about the fiscal cliff though? if we take out the mortgage deduction, which is being hotly debated in terms of the exemptions and loopholes, does that stop this housing recovery in its tracks? >> if you pick a midpoint between 0% and 3.5% and call it a fiscal slope
if the nation goes over the fiscal cliff. fed chair ben bernanke has said if a budget deal can't be reached, there's little the central bank can do to offset the shock of those spending increases and tax cuts. >>> a strong sales report from mcdonald's offset wall street's worries about the fiscal cliff negotiations. the dow added 15 points while the nasdaq gained 9 points. >>> hsbc is paying a record $1.9 billion to settle a federal and state money laundering probe. the british bank was under investigation for allegedly transferring billions of dollars on behalf of iran which is under international sanctions. hsbc is also alleged to have laundered money from mexican drug cartels. under the terms of the settlement, the bank will avoid criminal prosecution if it meets certain requirements. >>> one of the more popular parts of president obama's health care law is a provision that stops insurance companies from turning down patients with pre-existing conditions, but it's going to cost the estimated 190 million americans who are already on health plans about $63 per person. the plan is to raise
bueno ben bernanke hasn transparent and telling people well in advance what he is going to do. the $85 billion should continue building up for our taxpayers balance sheet. >> susie: how does all of this play out in the markets. all of the bond buying, companies are still lding off from hiring and spending, and now the risk, possibly of a recession. how does it play out in the markets for 2013? >> what has happened, with all of this cash going into the market -- into the economy, not only from the u.s. fed, but from europe, from the central bank there, as well as from china, don't forget, so we've had this liquidity which has taken asset prices with the stock market and the bond markets, pricing it way up, it is actually helping housing after a long wait. moving into the future, there will be some duction in relythe fear that people have. it is not only a lack of confidence, but it is a fear of things going wrong. as we get day to day, i think the fed has been the only place in town to inject some optimism or feeling somewhat better in the general public, as well as in business. until w
of the decision and ben bernanke's news conference starting at 12:15. we'll talk to steve leaseman live later in the program. >>> another story that you heard about yesterday, the -- you know, violence and death threats and blood and guts. big implications for big labor. that is michigan's decision to become a right-to-work state. thousands of protesters and union members converged on the capitol in lansing yesterday to object to the measure that would bar unions from requiring workers to pay membership dues and to join the union. governor snyder signed the measure into law. >> shouldn't the unionsing putting out a proposition that workers want to join a union? and shouldn't workers feel free to make that choice to say their dollars are going to the union or not based on they feel they're getting results? so that's what this is really doing. so that's why i view this as pro-worker, not anti-union. >> the right-to-work clause regarded as a big blow to organized labor which has seen membership decline across the country. down to private sector 7%. >> you think overall, isn't it, 7%? more than 5
more can chairman ben bernanke and company do to reassure the market. a senior economist joins us. we know ben bernanke has been. warning us for months. the fed is doing everything it possibly can to pointing the finger at washington that it has to do more. do you think the economy has already suffered for lack of a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff? >> i think so. if we look at business investments declining in the third quarter, some as business nervousness. businesses are holding back on investment, near-term. lori: do agree the fittest and all they all they can in expecting an announcement of wanted it using three this week? the fed cannot solve this problem. >> they need to avoid most of the spending cuts and tax increases with economy likely to go under recession. the fed can help out somewhat but if we see those spending cuts and tax increases, we're likely to see it go back and ino recession. lori: purchasing the short-term, we invest in the long-term help in the mortgage market. we have seen a real those haitian, is it fair to say it has helped those housing in the economy? >> a
between barack obama and they knew exactly who he was going to appoint in terms of ben bernanke and timothy geithner, the combination of the team that had saved the world from utter financial collapse. and that's what they knew they needed. and john mccain, on the other hand, was running around like a headless chicken, and they were scared, they were petrified he would become president, especially with his vice presidential candidate. so they voted in their self-interest, because they knew that the system needed to be saved. now that the system is saved is, they just want to pay less taxes. >> that gets to this question of narrow self-interest versus broad self-interest. in the case of adelson, this is really important for people to understand. when you're talking these marginal races, this is tens of millions, hundreds of millions of dollars for people. there's a ton of money on the table. >> if you're earning $400,000 a year, you're still paying less than top marginal rates. it's only the last bit. if you're sheldon adelson, you're paying the marginal rates on basically everyt
of economic data we're told. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke as he kicks off a two day fed meeting and also, watching to see if any more details coming at the meeting we started between the fox report and house speaker boehner and we'll learn if nell they'll tell us about the fiscal cliff. >> and christmas cards and decorating trees and all that, i'm still not happy. >> was is charlie brown depressed? may maybe-- greg gutfeld weighs on the double standard. and-- >> we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up and we're not going to get a deal without it. >> virginia congressman on whether the president is willing to go over the fiscal cliff so he can blame the g.o.p. >> plus, olympic gold medal winning gabby douglas on the role of faith in her triumph. ladies and gentlemen, governor mike huckabee. [applaus [applause] >> thank you very much, great audience. welcome to huckabee from the fox news studios in new york city. [applause]. well for the past few weeks, i've traveled to about 48 city signing dear chandler, dear scarlet and i met several thousand who watched the s
today. a two-day meeting, starts today at the end of it we'll hear from chairman ben bernanke and talk about qe4. that's right a fourth round of quantitative easing in which the central bank buys up billions of dollars worth of treasuries. fiscal negotiations are also weighing on the markets. friends at cnbc did a survey and they put the chance of another recession at 2013 in about one in three partly because of the fiscal cliff. >>> well, everyone plays the blame game in washington. up next, a deep dive with a pair of process pros who are getting a lot of buzz for their finger pointing. i thought i'd start the video by showing you the apartment building where the fire was. when things like this happen, i think you find a new perspective on life. red cross put us in a hotel so we were able to stay together. we're strong and if we overcame that or if we can overcome that... we can overcome anything. [ sniffles ] ♪ [ male announcer ] the way it moves. the way it cleans. everything about the oral-b power brush is simply revolutionary. oral-b power brushes oscillate, rotate and even puls
kullman joining us. ben bernanke grabbing the spotlight on wall street tomorrow. he's expected to announce additional treasury buying. our panel next telling us how that will impact your money. back in a moment. [ male announcer ] it's that time of year again. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. additional treasury buying. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. start saving at >>> welcome back. we have breaking news on the fiscal cliff negotiations. eamon? >> we have a statement from john boehner's office. they're saying that they have made a counter proposal now to the white house. let me read you the statement. they say, we sent the white house a counter offer that would achieve tax and entitlement reform to solve our looming debt crisis and creat
of testing. we will be live from capitol hill started at 10:00 a.m. eastern on cspan 3. also, ben bernanke holds a news conference and he will give an update on the federal open market committee with live coverage at 2:15 p.m. also on cspan 3. >> the white house was very controversial. who designed washington city, submitted a design for a palace but americans did not want a palace. it was not all inspiring. in fact, in 1821, a european diplomat told congress it was neither of some or all of inspiring. the answer the congressman gave said the building serves its purpose. if it were larger and more elegant, but perhaps some president would be inclined to become a person -- permanent resident. >> vicki goldberg has gathered a few of her favorite white house photographs. watch sunday evening at 7:30 eastern and pacific on american history tv. >> up next, your phone calls on "washington journal." in 45 minutes, the house democratic caucus chairman talks about negotiations on the so- called fiscal cliff. at 8:30
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're looking toward the fiscal cliff, possibly ben bernanke comes out and says more. it seems everyday we don't have a fiscal cliff deal we actually go higher in the stock market. i think we would go lower heading toward the deadline. the market looks strong, apple looks strong. $50 billion in revenue possible. we do look strong. coleman offers 1700 level. lot of activity in december. and they're expecting a huge move in the next week and a half. liz: no real fear in the market, so pretty significant blows around 15. bond yields are not doing anything exciting. do you look at that and say i am in? or do you say the fear trade is over? >> always at the volatility index and that is one of the gauges a look at it daily basis. basically levels of the s&p 500 futures the highest since obama was elected presidency. we sold awfully hard, we got back and possibly took some stocks off. we're reversing a little bit from the upside, selling off a little bit. the fiscal cliff are the two words that will be mentioned the most. we have costco earnings tomorrow, we'll keep an eye on that one. liz: is anybod
in that meeting with chairman ben bernanke, did you not want to scream? >> i am a fed head from way back, this was really the most remarkable thing, i have ever covered. we were expecting the fed to do this latest round of quantitative easing, and more bond buying, you know qe4 -- ever is the big choke in town. but a new change, a new roll see, that is the economy does x the fed will do y, in this case the fed said it will keep interest rates low for car loans, and mortgages and business loans until, at least until unemployment hits 6.5%, that is the first time that we've seen the fed do this kind of thing in its hundred year history. >> he did couch it a little, my decision was. well what if we get that 6.5%. >> that right, labor force participation rate, how many people who go into the labor force, and actually look for a job verse those who drop out, he addressed that, he said this is a guideline, we're not going to make this hard and fast. we'll look at other things like, payroll hours, and pay and wages, and the number of people who are dropping in and out of the workforce, when we
. and regulators like treasury secretary tim githner and feral reserv chairma ben bernanke have written accelerating automation o the markets may threaten their very stability. in an annul report of the federal stability oversight cocil, the evolution of the markets could lead to an unintended erors cascading througthe final system. th sounds like a big at disaster. i wa a system where regular investors can trade stocks and not be woried about coming out the short ed of thestick. t stock mkets were developed in this country as aechanism for raisin capital pricing assets let's get ck to tha. coming up tomike in washington actually learn a lesson from florid next, how hrry's could be the latest victim in the fiscal cliff talks. the esident of the united way joins next. i'm only in my 60's... i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn'tay all my medical expenses, looked at my options. then i got a medare supplement i insance plan. [ male aouncer ] if you're eligle for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80% of youpart b medical expenses. the res
, that awareness, that recognition that ben bernanke and former cea lazear should not undermine that we face temporary or futures skills gaps but there is three reasons we should be focused on this. number one, even the unemployment today that is fundamentally about cyclical demand can easily become the next structural skills problem of the future. we know that one of the challenges we face right now in our economy is not just lowering unemployment, but lower and long-term unemployment, and that if we allow regions of our fellow citizens to stay unemployed for year or two years or longer, we know from study after study that they will have more trouble establishing a skill going forward. there will be a crisis for us in the country, but we will also be sitting by and letting a new structural skills gap expand because we're not taking enough efforts right now to get people back to work and deal with long- term unemployment. secondly, there's clearly some immediate still a gap issues. you hear it in wilders, engineers, and we should be focused on that. third and perhaps most importantly, the l
:00 p.m. and ben bernanke's press briefing at quarter past. the fed is expected to announce a new round of bond purchases as its latest program, operation twist, is set to expire at the end of the month. cnbc will begin at 12:00 p.m. eastern. >>> joining us is stewart richardson, partner at rpmg. the press conference -- we'll hear a fresh round of stimulus from the fed. how significant would that be? >> in my mind it's not that significant. i think as optics, people think this is another addition to the stimulus. the fact is that the fed for months and months and months when they go out to purchase longer term treasuries, they're trying to reduce the supply of those in the market and effectively swap short dated cash or other securities. north about 1.25%. whether they're holding reserves or selling the, say, two-year treasury at north of 2 5 basis points, it's effectively the same thing. they're printing 85 million a month and saying we're not doing a twist, we're doing an outright purchase. >> it's different if twist doesn't expand the balance sheet and a new round of stimulus would.
, "ben bernanke is to make a last fiscal cliff police." "topping a yearlong campaign, he would get one last chance to talk washington down from the fiscal cliff. host: c-span will be carrying that press conference live, fed chairman ben bernanke, on c-span 3. you can find that at 2:15 p.m. eastern time. you can find it on their website, we will be archiving that after the fact. what deductions would you give up? let's go to dawn in eugene, oregon. caller code good morning. listen, the contribution thing is a way to be of service, as far as i'm concerned. host: by contribution you mean charitable contribution? caller: yes. it is something that i would want to keep. i mean, not keep, but i would be willing to contribute to that concern about taxes. my main concern is the mortgage deduction. how severe -- many of us have every dollar that we account for on the federal. if we did not have that, we would be up to 25%. this would be quite a severe blow if this were done in a cut and dried fashion. maybe they can do a tiered thing? that is the thing about taxes, a lot of people purchase prope
're also going to have to talk more about ben bernanke. if we go off the fiscal cliff, it shows the irony of how the feds balance sheets isn't addressing the problem. it isn't addressing unemployment. one hand of the government is trying to do something that isn't working and the other hand is shooting in the foot. i think this is going to be interesting listening to bernanke on wednesday. >> ben has already put it out there there's not a lot the fed can do if we go off the fiscal cliff. you speak to a lot of smart people, rick santelli. >> and he's a smart person as well. >> to feel it's going to be a year of strong dollar or weaker dollar. i ask this because so many companies during their latest earning season have pointed to the strong dollar as a real problem for them if they're a multinational. >> i think the relationship between all the developed countries using printing presses like the dollar, yen, euro, are close to levels and ranges we'll see next year. i think in some of the asian currencies we need to pay more attention to. you can only swim so far in a round pool without bang
. coverage begins at 10:00 eastern. and later federal reserve chairman ben bernanke holds a news conference following a meeting of the federal open market committee. you can watch that live beginning at 2:00 p.m. eastern. >> the white house national economic council director discusses the fiscal cliff on monday and emphasizes the administration's position on higher taxes for the wealthy. he spoke at a center for american progress forum titled investing in the future, higher education, innovation and american competitiveness. this is 40 minutes. >> it is my great privilege to introduce gene sperling, director of the white house national economic council and assistant the president for economic policy. gene sperling also is a former senior fellow at the center for american progress, pro-growth progressive. and the connection between innovation, education, ensuring we have an economy that works for everyone. i want to say having served in the administration, there is no one in the administration who is more focused on america's long-term competitiveness, short term competitiveness, midterm com
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of that. the podium waiting for ben bernanke to make his announcement. steve is inside that room and we will have live coverage of that event for you sccoming up as "street signs" comes up at 2. ceo of destination wealth management, i know you will be waiting to see how the fed chief elab rates on the process of coming to these particular targets. >> yeah, it will be fascinating as reported already. we have historic targets. something very specific that people have been screaming for. when is unwinding going to happen? he set the targets now. we will see what the language is. >> very quickly. what three stocks do you think would be a good play given the environment we're in. >> three quick names. first of all, master card. master card will continue to
benedict, ben bernanke, saudi king. more on how the list was assembled and other details, forbes media ceo, mike, thanks for being with us. >> this is important to us because nothing personifies what we do at forbes like our power list. we're about success and the impact of people who achieve success have. we have ten editors who get together. we draw on a huge bank -- >> they always agree on everything. don't they? >> exactly. there is some subjectivity, i must admit. they talk about the number of people that someone influences. the amount of financial resources that they have. how many spheres they operate in, are they just financial or are tle political or philanthropic. the fourth criteria is do they act on their power, do they use their power. and if you look at -- >> that's the reason why bill gates would rank so high here is how he has used some of his financial power in the philanthropic sphere. it was interesting to me, "forbes" magazine, leading business magazine, most storied one maybe of all -- >> i have no argument with that. >> and yet, no businessman in the top ten. highest
chairman ben bernanke makes any comments about that. when he concludes at the conclusion of the two-day fed meeting occurring on tuesday and wednesday. again, dow industrials for the third day in a row looks like it is held to double digit range. today's range is about 56 points. let's look at a couple of dow movers. mcdonald's from the better than expected saim stores sells. weakness we are seeing in home depot along with other details sales numberes. but we continue to see strength in tech. dow and hewlitt packard with a possible break up of that firm. since november about the middle of november, when they hit a 52-week low, all of this despite weakness in apple, this group continues to perform very, very well. energy stocks higher earlier, drifting lower, that has the dow's lead from the highs of the session. lastly we want to note that dovert corporation, took the stock down a couple of points. >> no t.o. the nasdaq now, everybody is talking about apple once again down here, but there is a lot more happening at the nasdaq than just apple today. >> absolutely. but let's lead with apple.
about and that's why ben bernanke cannot put the phrase. guest: as exactly right, we have two very different problems. the only reason we're talking about the second issue is politics. this is the politics of the moment tromping economic common sense which is a dangerous combination. guest: the fiscal solution is a fig leaf to allow members of congress to say we're going to spend so the spending cuts and tax increases and let the deficit be $500 billion higher. host: the debt is at $16.30 trillion and has increased $4 trillion over the last four years. the present and congress will say that over the next 10 years, we will get it back to where was in 2009, correct? guest: that is fundamentally not good enough. countries with our level of indebtedness grow more slowly and they have a higher chance of some sort of fiscal crisis. we should not mess with either one of those things. i would like to see an aggressive reform of the spending programs. let's not get back to where it was but start going down. that does not have to be austerity. imagine fixing social security. right now, it is
reserve chairman ben bernanke says u.s. unemployment, a huge problem, huge waste of potential -- human potential, he said. bernanke says the fed will replace operation twist with a new $45 billion asset buying program. overall, the fed is committing to buy $85 billion worth of securities a month. the program seeks to keep downward pressure on interest rates to spur the economy. >>> now back to the fiscal cliff. 20 days, count them with me, 20 days out from higher taxes and punishing government spending cuts if there is no deal in washington to craft a softer landing. with me now from los angeles, economist, author, ben stein. ben stein, good to see you, sir. you know, look, despite all we're hearing and seeing out of washington, we can at least discern some movement on this issue of taxes. let me just take you back, house speaker john boehner, his first position was no new taxes. president obama was asking for new taxes totalling $1.6 trillion. after the election speaker of the house ponied up an offer of $800 billion, exactly halfway between his zero and the president's $1.6 trillion.
. and also you have this concern happening in japan. we have this week, ben bernanke and the fed will meet at a two-day fed meeting. a lot of people are hoping to hear from the federal reserve chief that there will be some kind of on going stimulus in the form of, you know, bond buybacks or something. we'll be looking to see what he has to say about the economy. this is another big uncertainty in the markets for the week. you know, this comes after consumer spending showing as "the wall street journal" set this morning, consumer spending, consumer confidence wabbling. this is europe concerns. we're seeing that consumer heading into the end of the year is starting to get a little more nervous about where we're headed here. now fiscal cliffs and payroll, fiscal cliff has a lot to do with this. the american payroll association this is the trade group for all of the small business who's are doing payrolls, you know, paying you. they say the fiscal cliff really isn't january 1st. their fiscal cliff is december 14th. that's the time they need to have the software changed to make sure the tax cha
. speaking of the fiscal cliff, jessica, what did the fed chairman ben bernanke say about these current negotiations? >> well, bernanke is the man credited with coining the term fiscal cliff. he did it back in february as part of testimony before congress. bernanke was speaking at a press conference today and he was asked two things. one, does he see impacts from the fiscal cliff, the lack of a deal, is it already rippling through the economy in? he said, yes. that's why you're seeing a fall in consumer confidence and less business activity and he said that it's impair tea that the congress comes to a deal with the white house and he was asked, do you think that term is correct a. fiscal cliff? is it a slope, maybe? he said, no, it's a fiscal can cliff because the economy will hit a brick wall if there is not a deal in january. he says it is not hype. >> he's basically saying if we go over the fiscal cliff, if these lawmakers and white house doesn't make a deal, it could lead to a recession? >> that >> reporter: that's right. we could hit another recession if we go over the fiscal cliff
's updated economic forecast at 2:00 p.m. and ben bernanke's news conference at 2:15. the fed is expected to launch a new bond buying program called operation twist that will expire at the enovd month. james, we know this is a huge meeting. this is obviously a good time for the fed to embark on something new for 2013. is this the wise approach? >> well, it's the wise approach in a very near term, a, because operation twist is coming to an end. b, because we have the fiscal cliff or fiscal gentle slope or whatever it turns out to be to negotiate and c, because we haven't found our legs in the u.s. and we clearly have some global headwinds coming in 2013. however, the thing about this qe in the u.s., unlike previous ones where they could see big economic problems, let's comfort the market with a really big number, this time we're going to do it month by month. solo the annual figures look very big, they're going to halt qe as long as it looks like there's inflation. >> which means there might not be much market reaction as investors realize that. >>> find out what travelers are still flocki
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